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More bad news for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the ruling Workers’ Party, as authorities arrested a powerful political chieftain – José Dirceu, former chief of staff to ex-president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva.

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Venezuelan National Guard personnel stand guard during the presentation of confiscated cocaine to the media in Maracaibo April 25, 2013.  Reuters

Transnational organized crime, in some cases abetted by lawless Latin American regimes, threatens US security. The US needs to expose organized-crime conspirators, rally support for the rule of law, and reinvigorate antidrug cooperation.

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Covering a foreign policy story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on these topics.

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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks during an event at Los Pinos presidential residence in Mexico City July 17, 2015. Pena Nieto, returning from a visit to France, on Friday acknowledged the escape had caused widespread frustration and that the only way to undo the damage was to recapture Guzman. Reuters

Already besieged by  corruption scandals, security crises, and the slow but steady unraveling of his structural reforms, the escape of El Chapo may have been the coup de grace to the president’s ability to govern.

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What the next US president does to jumpstart US engagement to protect our security and project our values in the Americas could herald a recovery of leadership in the world.

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In return for enormous US concessions to Cuba’s authoritarians, the Obama administration has received essentially nothing.

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Dominican Republic's President Danilo Medina (C) waves after arriving in Panama City April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

As evidence comes to light, it seems that President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic may be the latest Latin American leader grappling with a corruption scandal.

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US Senator Bob Corker walks inside the US Capitol in Washington, in this picture taken on April 15, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan

Senator Corker’s visit to Venezuela could send a positive signal that the US Congress will defend democracy, freedom of expression, and economic liberty, rather than seek to normalize ties with a criminal regime that is abusing the Venezuelan people.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff tour the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial with a National Park Ranger in Washington June 29, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Obama welcomes his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff to Washington in the wake of bad news back home, wrought by statist policies that have smothered the country’s potential.

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